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The 25 March holiday in Greece

The 25 March holiday in Greece

25 March is a double Greek National holiday celebration a historical and a religious event. It is called Greek Independence Day because it commemorates the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821 but also Annunciation day because it coincides with the Greek Orthodox Church’s celebration of The Annunciation. Finally, it is also the name day of everyone called…

A Family Guide for Andros island with Kids

A Family Guide for Andros island with Kids

Andros island with kids Beautiful Andros is the second biggest northernmost island (374 km2) in the Cyclades. The island is very different from the other Cycladic islands. The locals often call Andros “Rock”, both due to its rocky coastline and the islets surrounding it. Andros is unique because of it’s rich nature, it’s particular soil…

Watch the Presidential Guard or Evzones in Athens

Watch the Presidential Guard or Evzones in Athens

The Evzones in Athens are a must-see for your kids. And not only kids will be amazed. After living in Athens for so many years, the sight of these traditionally dressed soldiers is always exciting. A visit to the Greek capital is not complete without admiring these historical elite members of the Greek army. They have…

Lagana or Clean Monday Bread

Lagana or Clean Monday Bread

Lagana The most important of all foodie traditions on Clean Monday is the Lagana bread. Bakers make this special flat oval-shaped bread only once per year for Clean Monday. They used to prepare this bread unleavened, thus without the yeast. However, leavened Lagana is nowadays more common. Sesame seeds are the most common topping on Lagana and often fresh or dried…

Carnival in Greece

Preparing for Lent Greek Carnival or ‘Apokries’ is a true family celebration with street parties, parades, and masquerades. Carnival ( from Latin: ‘carne’ and ‘vale’ =  ‘goodbye to meat’) marks the days before the fasting begins. The word Apokries in Greek comes from the words apochi and kreas (abstinence + meat) so, it means avoiding meat.  The Greek…

Winter destinations for families in Greece

Winter destinations for families in Greece

Winter destinations for families in Greece Think of uncluttered ancient sites in cooler weather and pretty towns and traditional villages to discover with your kids. The Greek cities are at their best in winter. The soft sunny weather of Athens and Thessaloniki make them an ideal winter escape. Explore the monuments and sights without the…

Winter in Greece

· The Alkyonides Days ·

Winter in Greece is always pleasant. Especially in Athens and central Greece, the winters are mild and sunny. There are cold and rainy days and sometimes there is snow. What is very special about winter in Greece are the beautiful sunny warm days early in the New Year. Alkyonides Nearly every year in the winter in…

The holiday season in Greece

· New Year Traditions ·

The holiday season in Greece

The holiday season in Greece is full of family traditions. In a previous post, we described what you can expect during your Christmas holidays in Greece with kids. But there is a lot more to look forward to, New Year has its own specific celebrations and customs. Agios Vassilis The holiday seasons in Greece brings Saint…

Christmas Holidays in Greece with kids

· Christmas Traditions ·

Christmas Holidays in Greece with kids

Christmas holidays in Greece with kids are beautiful. Not only because of the magic holiday spirit but also because of very specific Greek Christmas traditions that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Although I have been living in Greece for many years, Greek Christmas became extra special to me when I had my…